How Exercise Can Benefit Your Life
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As an overseas worker, all the </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ofw-experience-boredom-homesickness/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">upheavals</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that you’ll go through at the start can be overwhelming. Stress can lead you to overeating, or not eating healthily at all. On top of that, if you were doing any type of exercise, your routine’s disturbance can be the death knell of that. If you’re a healthcare professional, particularly if you’re a nurse, you might say that you’re already on your feet all day and that’s all the exercise you need. Let me just say </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">au contraire.</span></i></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yoga</span></h2> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-5211 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="640" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-317157-1024x640.jpg" alt="How Exercise Can Benefit Your Life" class="wp-image-9928" title="How Exercise Can Benefit Your Life" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-317157-1024x640.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-317157-300x188.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-317157-768x480.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-317157-1200x750.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-317157.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>Relax, you don&#8217;t need to do this if you don&#8217;t want to.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For nurses, Yoga is the best exercise to erase the knots formed by repetitive motion. It also promotes meditation, which in turn is phenomenal when it comes to reducing stress &#8211; </span><a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#section2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">according to studies</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. You don’t need to subscribe to all those mumbo-jumbo expensive soccer-mom-type of yoga lifestyle merchandise. To dip your toes, so to speak, try getting </span><a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/top-yoga-iphone-android-apps" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">free apps</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in iOS or Android. Better yet, if your gym offers a free trial session, avail of it!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Running</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I hate running. I’d rather climb mountains or straddle a knife-edge cliff than voluntarily run a mile. This was my mindset before I joined a local hiking club. Unfortunately, they required running as a preparation before any climb. So I ran and cursed them for it. Before I knew it I was hooked. I now prefer running over any exercise, well, except for hiking and non-technical climbing. Running helped me develop my focus on the now. I’m a writer and losing myself in some ephemeral future is too easy; looking back with melancholy is a given.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The focus that running required helped me harness my mind to concentrate on what needs to be done in the present.</span></p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-5212 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="682" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/people-jogger-jogging-colors-1024x682.jpg" alt="How Exercise Can Benefit Your Life" class="wp-image-9929" title="How Exercise Can Benefit Your Life" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/people-jogger-jogging-colors-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/people-jogger-jogging-colors-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/people-jogger-jogging-colors-768x512.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/people-jogger-jogging-colors-1200x800.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/people-jogger-jogging-colors.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>Exercising can lead to new friends.</figcaption></figure> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Exercise = Meditation</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Exercise as a form of meditation is not a strange thing. There is a zen-kind of focus that you get especially when you push your body beyond what you think you can bear. Doing one or more stride in a run when your mind is screaming obscenities at you will build up your willpower like nothing can. It’s also effective at driving all of your problems from your mind. Pain will make your brain forget everything, including your boss or that bratty patient in Room #103. Ultimately, exercise will </span><a href="https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">improve your mood</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and alleviate feelings of anxiety.</span></p>